Thursday, 20 June 2013

Masjid Kampung Keling 1748

Masjid Kampung Kling is also known by a few other names such as Masjid Kampung Pali (Kampung Pali Mosque), Masjid Kampung Balik Pali (Kampung Balik Pali Mosque) and Masjid Kampung Kapur (Kampung Kapur Mosque).
Approach: off Jalan Gelanggang
Location: Harmony Street (next to Jonker Street)

The photos of Masjid Kg Keling below belong to Virtual Tourist.

Built: 1748
Builders: Indian Muslim traders from the Indian subcontinent
Architecture: Sumatran, Indian, Chinese, Malay and Dutch
Glazed tiles: Chinese, Portuguese and English
Chandelier: Victorian
Masjid style: Sumatran square masjid
Roof: 3-tiered pyramidal roof
Rooftop: ornate mastaka
Eaves: decorated curved Chinese eaves
Pillars: Corinthian columns
Arches: symmetrical and decorated
Staircase/chair (mimbar): big decorative wooden chair with ornate Chinese carvings as for tandu
Pulpit (mihrab): with decorated arch
Ablution pool: yes, big square pool
Minaret style: solitary pagoda
Sundial: marble sundial??
Graveyard: yes, within the grounds of the masjid
Perimeter wall: yes, added high wall in 1868 (after 120 years it was built)

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Completed in 1748, the architecture of this mosque is Sumatran with strong Hindu influences. This is particularly evident in the minaret which resembles a pagoda. On closer inspection, you will find an unusual blend of English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmetrical arches in the main prayer hall, which you can look into but not enter, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese-style carvings, and Moorish cast iron lamp-posts in the place of abulation for pre-prayer cleansing. In 1868 a high wall was erected to protect the mosque from the street. Chinese ceramic tiles were imported to adorn the roof, the floor and the lower walls. Decorative motifs such as the curved eaves terminating in sculptural finials further point to an Oriental influence, as is the rooftop ornament, or mastaka.
- by Glyn Willets 22Aug2010

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the mimbar or pulpet is the central feature of a mosque
for the imam to address the congregational prayers
kg kling mosque mimbar has elaborate designs
reflecting malay n sumatran influences
framed by columns and arches decorated in gold and silver paint
- by SangAji 19Aug2008

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one of the main stops for trishaw rides is harmony street...
home to kling mosque and indian and chinese temples
reflecting melaka's varied and harmonious past and present
also hang jebat's mousaleum

"hai hang tuah
jika kau benar benar lelaki
turun lah beradu dengan jebat!!"
- by SangAji 19Aug2008

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Architecturally interesting, the Kampung Kling Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the country. The Sumatran influence is very apparent from its three-tiered pyramid-shaped roof, in of the more conventional dome. The free-standing minaret resembles a pagoda, again reflecting an infusion of Oriental influences.

Freshly painted, it continues to serve faithfully as a popular venue of worship for the local Muslim community.

The mosque is open to visitors but do observe the rules and common practices of the Muslim premises. (e.g. do not, among other things, appear in short-sleeve T-shirts, short pants or mini skirts) 
- by longsanborn 13Jan2007

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The Kumpung Kling mosque is the oldest mosque in Melaka. Right smack in town, it is only a short walk from Jonker Street. The mosque's design is very Melakan, as in, you will be nice glazed tiles of the "historic era". At the back of the mosque, you will find the area where workshippers clean themselves before entering the prayer hall. Only muslims are allowed to enter the prayer hall and if you are not appropriately attired, grab one of the black robes which are available for use.
- by bkoon 15Mar2006

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Though famously known as the Masjid Kampung Kling, the mosque is also known by a few other names such as Masjid Kampung Pali (Kampung Pali Mosque), Masjid Kampung Balik Pali (Kampung Balik Pali Mosque) and Masjid Kampung Kapur (Kampung Kapur Mosque).

Built in 1748, it is one of the oldest mosques in the country thats features Sumatran architectural predominantly. Instead of a typical conventional dome, the mosque has a three-tier roof rising like a pyramid in its place. Its pagoda-like minaret portrays a mixture of East-West architectural influence. The concrete minaret is located separately from the main block on the west wing while an ablution pool is located in the south wing. A special device made from marble to tell the prayer times is located just beside the pool, a remain of the days when clock was not widely used then.

The site of the Mosque is said to be the exact spot where the Indian Muslim traders, who came to Melaka to trade their goods and wares in the 14th and 15th century, had performed their prayers on arrival in Melaka. The beach, which is today located a few kilometers from this site, is said to be the usual landing spots for traders from the Indian sub-continent. The traders continued to use the site for their rituals and before long, the locals started learning from these traders and as a result, more and more locals converted to Islam.

Masjid Kampung Kling and its neighbours Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Sri Poyatha Venayaga Moorthi Temple form part of the "street of harmony", a symbolic example of racial and religious tolerent that have long be in existence in the country.
- by mansionion 30Sept2004


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